Sunday, December 30, 2012

Easy Street -- Part 6!

I started and finished part 6 today. 128 Double bricks and 64 quarter square triangles.

So now I am ready for Part 7 which will come out tomorrow morning. Bonnie at Quiltville is just moving us right along with this mystery. I can't wait for it to all come together.
Sew til next time......
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Remembering the reason for the season and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Easy Street -- Part 5!

This step was too easy and fast! Thanks Bonnie! Here are the 2" and 3 1/2" squares all cut and ready to be sewn.

I started marking the diagonal line on the 2" squares and had almost half of them marked. I took a break and read a few of my favorite blogs. "Cluck, Cluck, Sew" has a tutorial called Triangle Corner Trick in which you put tape on the machine bed as a guide and as you sew you keep the bottom "point" of your square riding along the tape. Easy peasy. Works great and I finished the blocks in no time.

After pressing all of the finished blocks I decided it was time for a new ironing board cover!

Instead of making a hem for the casing ( which I can never get wide enough to easily run the elastic thru) I decided to use leftover bindings. I sewed quite a few together, so now the underside is really colorful. Sorry, I forgot to take a pic. But here is the new cover. Nothing fancy, maybe I will be more adventurous on the next one!

And yes, I always have 2 irons on the Ironing board! One is a dry iron ( no holes) and the other, I use steam.

Be sure to check out the link up on Bonnie Hunter's site to see everyone's progress.

I hope everyone who visits here has a very safe and happy holiday.

Sew til next time.....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Easy Street -- Part 4

Wow, this part took me all week, but at least it's done and I can stay on track!! I'm finding out real fast that I really don't like to do "flying geese". I guess next time I will try the "no waste" ones and see if they are any easier. I had to trim EVERY one of those darn things! But I think Bonnie said there would be no more geese. Please don't tell me I dreamt that!!!
And here they are on my design wall.

And here are the 145 - 3 1/2" lime green squares. I am really lovin' these colors. Can't wait to see where the green will go!

Now I will show you why it took me so long to get these done! I wanted to make this little apron for a Christmas gift.

It's a McCall's pattern. This the the monster and they also have a butterfly and lion all in the same pattern.

I haven't done satin stitching in years, so I'm really surprised at how good it came out (without practicing!)

And here is the back. I used what fabric I had and I didn't have enough of either fabric to make 2 ties, so I just made one from each fabric!

Sew til next time......

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Easy Street -- Part 3

I am trying real hard to stay on track with this mystery, but I just don't feel like sewing. I have managed to finish 30 blocks, shown here........

............And I have the other 34 blocks almost done, but have not gotten back in the sewing room. (I spent all day yesterday in the hospital having a CYSTOSCOPY and a RENAL SCAN. My Dr. is trying to figure out what's going on with my kidneys.) I figured if I posted this, it would give me the incentive to stay on track. I'll let you know if that works!!
Be sure to check Bonnie's
site to see everyone's update.
Sew til next time.......
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My Early Birthday Present

I have been looking for a small cabinet with drawers to put next to my chair that I do all my handwork from and I FINALLY found it. It is an Arrow Sewing Cabinet from Connecting Threads. They were having a special on them last week, so I ordered it, got it and DH just put it together in time for my birthday on Saturday. It didn't take me long to fill up the drawers with my current projects!! This way I can put everything away each time I finish and don't have to leave it hanging around on multiple chairs and the TV tray! I love it! Thanks DH!

4 drawers filled!

Sew til next time......

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Easy Street -- Part 2

I am on a roll! It's Sunday (just finished watching Bonnie on quilt cam) and I'm done with part 2 and even have the rectangles cut for Part 3 of Easy Street!! Woo-who!!
Thank you Bonnie (and Jeff) for the video on how to use the Companion angle and Easy angle rulers. I am a leftie and was able to make the correct cut the very first time. The worst part of the whole process was cutting all of those "dog ears". But now all the blocks are done and are waiting to be put in this quilt!

Theses are all the purples I am using. Yummy color!

And here are all the geese all lined up along with the rectangles (top of pic)

And here they are in the box all ready for the next step! I have really enjoyed this process so far. I can't wait to see what everyone else has accomplished this week-end.
Be sure to check Bonnie's
site to see everyone's progress.

Sew til next time.......

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

I'm in on EASY STREET!

I really tried hard to resist Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt called "Easy Street", but I couldn't, so I'm all in this year! This will be my first mystery quilt and am really looking forward to making it. If I stay on course, this will be my first completed top for 2013! You can check and see how everyone else is doing with this mystery by logging on here
I am making this quilt with the help of "Peaches", my featherweight! Love her!

I didn't decide to do this mystery until Monday, partly because I have 4 other quilts that I am working on and need to get done, but I was so bummed out not being able to do the one she posted last year, that I decided I would bite the bullet and do this one! So part 1 is done!

I'm trying to use only my stash, and not having but one small piece of "gray", I decided to use a black with some gray in it. Hard to believe I don't have much gray looking at this stash, right?

Sew til next time...........
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


This took me less than one month from start to finish!! I was so focused to get it done before Lea went back to school so she could have it for her classroom. Now to get it in the mail!!
This pattern is called Fleur de Lis by Anita Bradshaw. I chose to do the back basting technique which I love and Lea picked out the fabrics on her last trip home. Let me know what you think of it!

I do have something else to post, but need to get it in the mail first and when I know it has been delivered I will post it!

Sew til next time!

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Okay, I've had this iPad for a year and I've wanted to blog from it since day 1 and I think I'm finally gonna do it!!
I've got all the necessary tools downloaded, BlogPress, iWatermark to protect my photos, Pimple Eraser to smudge any writing I don't want you to see (sorry) and I have a digital camera connector. So ready, set, here I come!!!

Sew til next time!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More Pics of Emma's Quilt!

I wanted to show how I always "give" a quilt.  I fold it up and make sure the label is visible.  Then I take grosgrain ribbon and wrap it like a package.

 I added a pink and brown bunny and the wooden things you see is the "quilt hanger" that I gave with the quilt.

 When unwrapping the quilt the label is the first thing they can read before "opening" the quilt!  This is the first time that I made a corner label and I love it!  So much easier to sew on.
And voila, here's the finished quilt all ready for baby and parents to enjoy!!!  I loved making this one!  My quilting isn't the greatest because I did it all free motion, but I did get better as I went along!

Sew til next time.......

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Newest Quilt......

......for the newest and CUTEST member of our family!!  And I don't have a good clear picture of her, so her proud parents will have to do for now.  I spent a short time with them while in TX last week and I  cherish each and every moment of my visit and can't wait to see them again in July!  Congrats you guys!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


I pinned this bag a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to try it, so guess what I made this week-end?  I really like it!  Nice and spacious and I made different size pockets on both sides.  The only thing I have to do is cover a piece of cardboard with fabric for the bottom (that's what I do for all my bags) and start filling it up!  Now I will get busy making one for the non-sewer in the family!  (You know who you are!)
 Sew til next time......

Monday, February 20, 2012

I Love Every Other Monday Morning.......

......because that means while my house is being cleaned I get to go in my sewing room and sew!!!
"Peachy" and I were busy making 46 more 4-patches ( and, yes, there are other projects in progress in the background!)
                                  Which I then ironed carefully

                           and will be put into this box until they are ready to be............

                    Added to this quilt!!  This is one of Bonnie Hunter's "Leader/Ender" projects that I love.  It has been in the works for abit, but it is coming along, slowly but surely!  And when I am ready to go back downstairs, I find that my housekeeper has......................

                  left me a beautiful "paper rose" in each bathroom!!!  It always makes me smile!

                   Sew til next time............................

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Last Finish in 2011

This quilt was made for my niece for her high school graduation. I hate to admit that I started it years ago and I still didn't have it finished in time for her graduation. BUT she does have it now and I hope that she enjoys it for a long time. I did put a hanging sleeve on the back so she can either hang it or use it!

The quilt top was mostly from a kit, but I added a few more batiks so I could make the quilt bigger. The backing is all purple batiks that I had in my stash.

Sew until next time........

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Happy New Year!! I'm Back!

I'm back in a couple of ways!!  Hopefully back to blogging on a regular basis, which I've never been quite able to accomplish and I'm back from a wonderful 3 week vacation which took us from New Orleans to Portland, Or. and back by car in DECEMBER!!!!  Were we crazy when we first started planning this trip, or just hopeful that everything would just work out with the weather?  Most people thought we were crazy, but it did turn out wonderful!!   We had to shut things down for one day coming back because of "white out" conditions in WY.  The next day we saw what was left in the storms aftermath---4 over turned 18 wheelers left on the side of the road!
But the best part of the trip was spending time with DD and her hubby for the Christmas holidays!!  So much to do and see and so little time, but we enjoyed every minute! 
I don't want to make this too long because I know how BORING a post can be with no "eye candy" (pics), but I promise to be back soon and on a regular basis!!!  That's my resolution!

Sew til next time...................